Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, authors of The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend, will speak on Thursday, September 25, 2014 as part of the free author evening series sponsored by the Friends of Morgan Library and the Poudre River Friends of the Library.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
7-9 p.m.
Hilton Fort Collins
425 W. Prospect

The event is free and open to the public -no tickets are required.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  A book signing and sales will follow the program.

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American LegendThe Heart of Everything That Is:
A New York Times Bestseller
A Best Book of 2013
True West Magazine’s Best Biography of 2013

Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Geronimo- each enjoys a place of honor in the Old West.  Lesser known is their contemporary Red Cloud, the great Oglala Sioux chief who was the only Plains Indian to have a war named after him and, more impressively, was the only war chief to defeat the United States Army in that war, forcing the American government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud’s powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters.

This book traces the events leading to Red Cloud’s War and provides intimate portraits of the many men and women whose lives Red Cloud touched. Documented by diaries, journals, newspaper reports and eyewitness accounts, it chronicles  the conflict between an expanding white civilization and the Plains Indians who stood in its way. 

Ken Burns, filmmaker and coauthor of The Civil War, states “ Red Cloud is one of the great figures in the nineteenth-century America’s tortured relationships with the many peoples who occupied our country before we took it.  Finally, there is a portrait worthy of the mans, fully drawn and realized, all the complicated undertow acknowledged and embraced.”

Bob Drury is the author/coauthor/editor of nine books.  He has written for numerous publication, including The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Men’s Journal and GQ. He currently isa contributing editor and foreign correspondent for Men’s Health.

Tom Clavin is the author or coauthor of sixteen books.  For fifteen years he wrote for The New York Times. He has contributed articles to Golf, Men’s Journal, Parade, Reader’s Digest and the Smithsonian magazines. He currently is and investigative feature correspondent for Manhattan Magazine.

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This program is part of a series of free author programs presented by and sponsored by Friends of Morgan Library and the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and supported by the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, KUNC Radio and the Hilton Fort Collins. Book sales are by Old Firehouse Books.